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09 August 2018, 03:42 | Henrietta Morgan
Here at The Sportsman we have delved into the record books and found out which of the 20 Premier League clubs kick off their season with a bang, while which clubs open up with a whimper and start life in the top-flight on the back foot.
According to the predictive algorithm, reigning champions City are likely to go on to lift the league title once again, becoming the first team to retain the crown since 2008-09 when Manchester United completed a hat-trick of league triumphs.
Boateng has a chequered injury record - he missed 181 days last season alone mainly because of hamstring problems - and United are keen on a loan deal with an option to buy rather then meeting Bayern's demand to pay €50 million in a series of instalments.
Arsenal have been doing really well in pre-season, Manchester United are always going to be strong.
The Sky Sports Predictor is based on a system called ELO, which was originally set up to rate chess players.
Mourinho warned United could face a "difficult" season if the club failed to sign new players, but he is insisting he will be content to work with the players in his squad in comments that may not reveal his true feelings after a disappointing few weeks of transfer business. Neighbours Manchester United have brought in three players in the form of Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant.
Chelsea FC have turned to former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to replace his compatriot at the Stamford Bridge outfit.
But he sounded a different tone at Sky Sports' Premier League launch event on Tuesday when discussing the options within his squad who can operate at the base of the midfield.
The Predictor tips heavy spenders West Ham United to struggle to a seventeenth place finish, while two of the newly promoted clubs - Wolves and Cardiff City are tipped to go down, along with David Wagner's Huddersfield Town. We have to prepare for this season with good possibilities.
Speaking to the press ahead of his sides Premier League opener against Leicester City tomorrow Mourinho took the time to have a dig at the media for their coverage of his Old Trafford reign and also the achievements or lack thereof of some of his top six rivals.
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